Matafelon to Lac de Coiselet

We had fully explored the River Oignin so decided to do a small hop skip and jump to another lake that was about 12 miles away for our last night before we needed to head north back home.

We needed to go to a cash machine, get diesel and most important Andy had run out of whisky so we did a slight detour on the way to the lake via the town of Oyonnax to stock up.

The campsite was on the Lac de Coiselet just outside the village of Chancia. The lake, which is just over 8km in length was formed in 1970 after the Barrage de Coiselet was built where the Rivers Ain and Bienne converge. There are great views from the campsite with the cliffs of Chancia on one side and Dorian on the other.


The campsite had no rules on dogs and access to the lake so Rufus and Finn had plenty of swimming while Andy and Paul explored the lake on the kayak and paddle board.

It was Bastille Day while we were there and although we were away from any large towns we still heard lots of fireworks going off while we had our BBQ.


Weather – hot and sunny, turning cloudy in the evening with a light rain shower

Miles Driven – 24

Miles Walked – 4.5

Overnight – Les Cyclamens near Chancia €20  46.340993 5.629602

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